Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Three Hunters

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Larner
2007 Award Category: Genres: Adventure - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Brief mention of Orcish violence
Summary: In which Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli think about the two hobbits they have set out to rescue, as they race across Rohan


Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 10

This is a most enjoyable look at a ... surprisingly hobbit-free group!! (Except, of course, that hobbits, if not present in body, are present in three very determined minds. Good flashback to exhausted and hungry hobbits. Of course, their stress about Frodo wouldn't have allowed them to be in first class condition even if they had been fed and transported in a pumpkin coach. But you can see why Aragorn is desperate to catch up with Merry and Pippin and do his best to retrieve them. I enjoyed seeing Legolas remember his time up a tree with Pippin! He and Pippin seem to have developed a good relationship. I like him appreciating the young hobbit's intelligence and enterprise - and working beyond that to realising that Merry was all right (to a certain definition of all right) if Pippin was able to consider leaving clues. And Legolas knows that the hobbits may not be big, but they have resources of their own. Mind you, I would have liked to see Pippin with a bow! And perhaps Legolas and Pippin can indulge their musical talents in Cormallen and beyond. Legolas is right. The younger hobbits not being all right is unthinkable! And I love the way the hobbits have crept into Gimli's heart! Failure here is indeed unthinkable. Gimli is the most likely one to have noticed the unexpected growth spurt! After all - the difference probably isn't that great to a Dunadan and an elf. The three must have been hugely relieved to get the hobbits back largely undamaged - so relieved, probably, that they didn't really notice how they have changed. Yet. Good story!

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

(Spoiler Alert) This story is a particular favourite of mine, because although it is from the pov's of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli it is very much about Merry and Pippin and to a lesser extent Sam. Through the use of flashbacks and the thoughts of the three hoping to rescue Merry and Pippin from the orcs Dreamflower paints a wonderful picture of the character and mettle of the hobbits. Aragorn's part is my favourite and I was really pleased to see the expansion of this particular part of the book. It goes into far more detail about just how much the hobbits endured as Glorfindel and Aragorn led them all at such a furious and unforgiving pace to keep ahead of the Nazgul. The details such as the hobbits being too weary even to eat really emphasised their determination and valour and the description of what transpired at the Ford inspired me when I first read this story to write a bit of something of my own upon a certain part aspect of the aftermath. I am still hoping that Dreamflower will expand upon that part of the scene herself as I would really like to hear more about it in her own words. I also liked the parts from Legolas and Gimli's pov's and thought that she captured their characters very nicely indeed. It was lovely to see just how much all three of these members of the Fellowship cared for Merry and Pippin and esteemed them as comrades.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 7

In this story we don't see much directly of the familiar Hobbits of which Dreamflower usually writes, but more the thoughts and memories of Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas as they follow the trail left by the Uruks who captured them at Amon Hen and carried them across Rohan to the eaves of Fangorn Forest. As each remembers incidents in which the abilities, charm, and determination of Merry and Pippin to do all that could be done for Frodo's sake were best displayed to them before they set out from Rivendell, each of the three hunters binds himself to the search for these two young cousins, finding the alternative unthinkable. Then at Isengard they meet with the quarry and all seems so very hobbity--food, drink, shelter, and means for comfort found--save these have clearly been driven, beaten, and savaged--as well as having grown both physically and emotionally as a result of their experiences. A wonderful story to illustrate just how special was the creation of Hobbits....

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 5

I love Aragorn's POV . I don't recall having read anything about his search for Merry and Pippin before this. I liked seeing Glorfindel in the story as he should be. I also thought his impatience was interesting since the Hobbits were not yet his friends and his main concern would be Frodo and his safety rather than keeping the three together. Legolas doesn't often make his way into my own stories as I am a bit nervous about writing Elves but this author does a lovely job with him. I enjoyed his thoughts in this. I enjoyed the way Gimli talked about his own father and Bilbo while recounting his feelings. After all, he had family that had dealt with Hobbits before. I enjoyed his POV very much. Lovely story all around!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

A good exploration of the Three Hunters' personal memories of Pippin and Merry as they track them. I particularly enjoyed Gimli's POV; which felt different, more...well, more Dwarvish...than that of the other two narrators. And the last chapter is the best, understated and very hobbitish, acknowledging their happiness at the reunion along with the bittersweet realization that the young hobbits' survival and good fortune was not without cost.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This story consists of 3 separate pieces and the epilogue where it is all put together. In each part Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli tell us their unique view of the hobbits. The characters of the three hunters come alive through what they observe and value about the hobbits. And the hobbits also come to life in the thoughts and little scenes the narrators remember.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 3

This is a wonderful story, Dreamflower. The different first impressions that Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli each had of the younger hobbits is fascinating. And that ending is classec Gimli. Well done.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

I liked seeing Merry and Pippin through Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli's eyes. Good job of portaying the friendship amongst these members of the Fellowship and good descriptions of the personalities of these particular hobbits.

Reviewed by: White Wolf -- Score: 3

We get a glimpse into how Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli each remember incidents involving Merry and Pippin. Their thoughts reveal as much about them as it does the charm, compassion and strength of the hobbits.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 3

A well told story about the three hunters seach for the missing merry and Pippin. I especially liked Aragorn's feelings of guilt for having maybe driven the hobbits too hard and the flashbacks to the race to save Frodo.An interesting new angle on a familiar tale.

Reviewed by: trikywun -- Score: 3

I liked the way that the feelings of the three were fleshedout and given in such detail and the flashbacks were very good. I liked how the hobbits seemed so present even though they weren't there in the time of the setting of the story.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

This is a very nice combination of things - depth of feeling, joviality, observation and well-imagined experience - balanced just right. Well done.